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Cleveland Institute of Music: BM, Violin Performance University of Missouri - Kansas City: MM, Violin Performance University of Michigan: Specialist in Music, Violin Performance
Graduate Fellowship from University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance 2016 Awarded “Artistic Excellence Award” from IU Jacobs School of Music 2013 Scholarship recipient to the Heartland Chamber Music Festival Scholars summer program 2012 Scholarship recipient to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute 2010 First place winner of the Kansas City Symphony Young Artist’s Concerto Competition 2009 Soloist with the Kansas City Symphony – Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3 for violin and orchestra 2009 Scholarship recipient to attend the Meadowmount School of Music 2008 Carnegie Hall performance with North Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra 2008 Scholarship recipient of the Surdna Foundation to attend the Heifetz International Institute of Music 2007 First place winner of the North Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition. 2007 Tobiah soloed Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane” with NASYO. First place winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs State competition for Missouri. 2006 Scholarship recipient to attend the Meadowmount School of Music 2006 First place winner of the Ozark Festival Orchestra’s “Young Artists” Concerto Competition. 2003
My name is Tobiah, and am a violinist and new member of the Tulsa Symphony currently studying at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Though classically trained and focused, my passion is for all music, and have a particular interest in Irish fiddling and culture. Another passion of mine is performance education, a way of focusing teaching that not only instructs a student in their instrument, but also teaches them to ready their minds for the unique mental challenges that only arise when playing your music for others.
I have been teaching since I was in my Master's program. Mostly, I taught with an inner city school outreach in Kansas City. I had three students, all of whom were doing quite well. I gave supplementary lessons to a couple of other local high school students, both of whom were playing at a very advanced level. I guided them with their preparation and practicing process, as well as aided them in were making audition recordings for conservatorie and music schools in universities. One of them is at the Jacobs School at Indiana University, and the other is studying at my alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Music. I also had a private student who I would teach for two hours a week who drove up from Arkansas. She was half-way through high school. I worked with her on Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 5, and she won second place in her youth orchestra's concerto competition.
Having many years of experience in performance and, having reached a very high level of playing for myself, I am confident in my ability to teach students a beginning to an advanced level. For younger students, I would insist that the parents are present and active in the learning process. This is paramount for realizing your child's potential. Playing instruments, stringed instruments in particular, is a very meticulous affair. If possible, I prefer to teach for an hour at a time. I will likely be spending a lot of time on technique. This is an area in which most are deficient, and will greatly limit the player's expressive capabilities.
I am demanding and very thorough, but also seek to temper this with encouragement on whatever the student is doing well. There are always things we are improving on as well as lacking in. We must hold ourselves to a very high standard while also realizing that we have come a long way from where we started. If a student has the most basic aspects of playing down (e.g. bow hold, left hand position, can play a a very simple melody), I will require at least an hour of daily practice.
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